The government clarified, on Thursday, regarding the export status of onion consignments, easing regulations for certain shipments. According to the latest directive issued by Directorate General of Foreign Trade(DGFT), onion consignments handed over to customs authorities and registered in their systems before October 29 are eligible for export until November 30.
The government, had previously imposed a Minimum Export Price (MEP) of USD 800 per tonne on onion exports on October 28, which was effective until December 31. The MEP aims to boost the availability of onions in the domestic market and control prices.
The specific conditions outlined for export eligibility outline that the consignments must have been handed over to customs authorities before October 29, 2023. The registration in the customs system is a prerequisite. They also mentioned that consignments entering the customs station for exportation before the mentioned notification date must be registered in the electronic systems of the respective custodian of the customs station. Any verifiable evidence, such as date and time stamping, is necessary to confirm that these commodities entered the station before October 29.
It was also mentioned in the notification that exporters who have paid export duty before the issuance of this Notification are covered. It’s essential to note that the export duty, once paid, is non-refundable.